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The Week in Mac Apps: Dance to your own groove with BeatLine, animate a story with Creature, and more

In this week's roundup of new Mac apps, we bring you a tool that lets you cut your own groove, a dashboard widget that helps you keep up with the news, and an app that makes sure you don't wake up your boss at 3:00 a.m. (unless you really want to).

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Beatboxes, world time, photomosaics, and more

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, we bring you a tool that lets you cut your own groove, a dashboard widget that helps you keep up with the news, and an app that makes sure you don’t wake up your boss at 3:00 a.m. (unless you really want to).

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BeatLine 1.0

Ever wanted your very own drum machine? Music Paradise’s $1 BeatLine gives you just that—without any extra hardware.

The app comes with a large number of high-quality samples, and features an easy-to-use programmable pad that supports everything you need to compose your very own rhythms.

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BikeGears 3.1.0

If you’re a serious bicyclist, then you know how important the right parts are in terms of performance. Instead of going to the shop, consider J7code’s $10 BikeGears (Mac App Store Link), which helps you design your perfect gear combination.

The app lets you define every little detail of your custom setup, from individual gear reductions to tires and rims, and then helps you figure out the best combination for every kind of performance.

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Breaking 1.1

Robocat’s $5 Breaking (Mac App Store Link) brings the most important news of the day right into your Today view.

The app supports unlimited RSS feeds, displays news items alongside any accompanying pictures, and even supports YouTube channels.

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Cities 1.0

If you travel a lot and tend to lose track of which time zone you’re in (resulting in a few accidental 3:00 a.m. wake-up calls to friends in other parts of the world—oops!), Ready Tap Go’s $1 Cities (Mac App Store Link) can lend a hand. 

The app lets you define a list of preferred locations, and then displays the local time alongside several helpful icons (time difference, upcoming sunrise/sunset times, etc) that let you know whether you can expect people to be awake and waiting for your call... or whether they’ll resent you for waking them up in the middle of the night.

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Creature 1.18

Kestrel Moon Studios’s $100 Creature (Mac App Store Link) is a cutting-edge animation system built for game artists and design professionals.

The app supports advanced skinning and mesh generation, includes automated gait and trait management, and lets you export to a variety of industry-standard formats.

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HazeOver 1.4.2

Developer Maxim Ananov’s $3 HazeOver (Mac App Store Link) helps you stay focused by hiding open windows you’re not currently using.

The app draws a semi-opaque “curtain” behind either the frontmost window or all the windows of the active app, subtly bringing the windows you need to the foreground where it can capture your undivided attention.

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MosaicPlus 1.0.55

Developer Alan Smith’s $5 MosaicPlus allows you to turn any picture into a beautiful photomosaic.

The app supports input and output in a variety of formats, allows you to apply a wide range of effects to your pictures, and can create ultra-high definition photos—up to 16,000 pixels wide—for beautiful results that can be printed on large surfaces.

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NetSpot 2.1.468

Internet giving you trouble? Etwok’s $50 NetSpot Wi-Fi Reporter can help you figure out what’s going on.

The app uses a combination of manual input and its sophisticated automatic algorithm to create a heatmap of Wi-Fi coverage found throughout your home or office, and turns this info into professionally-produced reports that you can then use to improve your connectivity and network topology.

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Plumb-Bob 2.0

Paolo Marcuccetti’s $5 Plumb-Bob (Mac App Store Link) is one of those little programs that straddles the line between software and sorcery.

The app works by allowing you to outline the corners of any planar surface on a picture—no matter how deformed by perspective or lens artifacts—and it then returns a neatly straightened view that removes all the distortion with just a few clicks.